Sunday, August 9, 2009

Solid Lotion Bar


I was in a good mood and felt like making something new. So, I made 2 lobster solid lotion bars a.k.a body butter sticks. It's my first attempt and it is a success! I can't believe I have missed out on something so nourishing for so long. Those lotions can be chucked away!

What is a solid lotion bar you ask? It is the same as lotion but minus the water. Since it is made with 100% oil, no preservative is needed. It is used as any normal lotion and it melts at skin temperature. I'm guessing that this little lobster can last about 2 to 3 months.

By definition:

♠ The normal cream and lotion have about 70%-90% water respectively. Since they have high level of water, preservatives are needed to prevent yeast, mold and/or bacteria from growing in the cream or lotion. These normally moisturize the skin for about 8 hours.

♠ Lotion bar and body butter are made with 100% oil. So, no need for preservative(s). Lotion bar is solid while body butter can range from semi-solid to frosting/icing consistency. These normally moisturize the skin for about 24 hours.

Even so, I notice some retailers sell their body butter like some sort of thick lotion. Meaning, they add water just so that they can use lesser oil in the product. It might pay checking their labels.

Do you use cream, lotion or body butter?

I use it all the time after shower and after every hand wash. It is absolutely a necessity during winter or dryer seasons. I have dry skin and can't go without any moisturiser.


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24 comments:

Mei Teng said...

Nice little lobster.

I use bodyshop's cocoa butter as I like its moisture content. There's a more expensive L'occitane label that carries soap and body products that's said to be of better quality. I guess you get what you pay for.

Making your own soap and lotion is a good option to purchasing from shops.

hcpen said...

oh, i used to not use any moisturizer but lately because the skin dermatologist said i suffer from dermatitis or something, told me to use hydraderm which i'm using now. It's like a strong moisture-retaining cream to be used after a shower:-)

James said...

Very cool. I use lotion, but I forget to put it on most of the time. Unscented because fragrances give me breathing problems.

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng,
I saw L'occitane's shopfront during the weekend. But I didn't go in, just passed by. All these things are very easy to make. Once I get into it I don't think I will be buying from the shop anymore. The good thing is you're in control of what goes into it.

Cocoa butter and shea butter are all very good for the skin.

Do you use the body butter for hands and feet too?

Ai Shiang said...

Hcpen,
It is quite dry in Australia, so better stay moisturise. No need for moisturiser in Malaysia :o)

Is the hydraderm healing you at the moment?

James,
Just like my husband, I have to remind him every day. But now, he seems to remember after I made some body butter, it feels luxurious so he remembers to apply, he said. Haha!

Mei Teng said...

I can actually use the same cocoa butter for the hands and feet too but I am using something else for my hands and feet.

HappySurfer said...

Awesome idea, Ai Shiang. Congrats on its success. If you have not, you may want to consider adding this to your current line of soaps, eh? Are there other molds too? Like fruits?

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng,
Sounds like you're taking good care of yourself :o)

Happysurfer,
They have all sort of cute moulds. I try not to buy too many otherwise I will be jamming the cupboard. I am thinking of adding these to be the new products. I've tested on myself and hubby. Next have to find a few guinea pigs to test them on :o).

hcpen said...

Yes, should be seeing effects now,:-)

HappySurfer said...

Ai Shiang, for guinea pigs, why not enclose them together with your regular soap bar - sort of as an add-on gift item. Charge a little bit more for the double-product package. Then when the promo is over, sell it separately and monitor the response. If your new product sells (fast), you know you've got another popular product.

I'll send you a bill for consultation later. Kidding! LOL!

Good luck.

Superman said...

nice little lobster. last time in winter, I need to use those soap or shower gel that without soap. will make my skin become itchy.

keeyit said...

I use lotion in office as work under the air cond, my hands seem dry. Haha..

Ai Shiang said...

Hcpen,
Good to know.

Happysurfer,
I thought of doing that too but my soaps are all gone now. I think I will just give them out randomly.

Superman,
Normal soaps are very drying. If your skin feel itchy that means it is too dry and need moisturising. You can apply a thin layer of oil to relieve it. I suppose you don't have this problem in Malaysia now?

Keeyit,
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll find something with a bit more oil content like I suggested :o)

marie said...

i'd like to try on some lotion/soap making on my own too but pity that i had trouble looking for the ingredients here...

Ayie said...

wow, feeling creative again? it looks cute and i can tell it will suit you better since you made it yourself. =)

Ai Shiang said...

Marie,
It also took me a while to find where to get those ingredients. Normal shops don't sell them.

Ayie,
Haha! It's my dry skin that drove me to make the lotion bar. But I do feel a bit of creativity kicking in, my right brain needed some exercise I guess :o)

chubskulit said...

aww that's so cute, my daughter love its design and shape.. I bet its good on skin..

thanks for the anniv. wishes..

Michelle Ho said...

Yay for homemade skincare! The lobster is adorable. Glad you finally found something that really respects your skin, and that the results are showing. :)

foongpc said...

I seldom use lotion, but maybe I'll use one if you send your home made one to me. Haha!

Btw, I like the lobster design. Cute! : )

Ai Shiang said...

Michelle Ho,
Yeah, that's for winter. But when summer comes I need to find something not too oily. My skin is such problematic.

Foongpc,
Haha! I never use lotion too in Malaysia. Maybe that's why my legs look scaly back then. Maybe one day I will organise a giveaway for my soaps and lotion/body butter :o)

And also welcome back! I hope you have had a good time in China.

No Body said...

This is something new to me.. Lotion bar.. Wow never heard before.. Thanks for introducing something good Ai Shiang.. How to use and keep it? Whenever use it have to grind it like cheese?

Ai Shiang said...

Hui Ming,
Because it is made with 100% oil. It solidified. As soon as your hand touches it, it will slowly melt. So, you just slide it on your skin. It's quite popular in the US and UK.

Ai Shiang said...

Hui Ming,
Sorry, forgot to answer. It can be kept in a normal cosmetic container but away from direct heat or direct sunlight, otherwise it will melt. So, don't leave it in your car during hot day :o)

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